This site has been set up by two members of the Settles family; Joy is an expert geneologist with extensive background searching databases, websites, and census records to piece together the history, geneology, and chronology of the Settles and Sandstrom families.  Joy has also collected, preserved, and scanned all known photographic records of these two families.  The Settles family traces back to England before the Renaissance; the Sandstrom family traces to Sweden.

The other site coordinator is ‘Mo’, the oldest child (and only daughter) of Ivan L. Settles, better known by several generations of Settles as ‘Uncle Bunny.’  Bunny was the youngest of his generation, born in 1924 at home in rural Missouri who moved west to Washington state with his family in 1925.   ‘Mo’ is among the youngest of her generation of Settles, who were born between 1925 and 1962.

This site was begun in the summer of 2006 as a project intended to help family members ask questions of the only surviving family member of ‘the Greatest Generation’, which is a term often used to reference the generation that grew up to serve in World War II, saw the emergence of the family automobile, the suburban lifestyle, commercial air travel, new understandings in physics (including atomic power), changing demographics, and new pressures on education, learning, and teaching. 

In late June 2006, Ivan’s niece Holly Sandstrom Settles coordinated the interview schedule and video schedule for recordings of several of her generation (4.0) of Settles nieces and nephews, who over a period of two days, took turns asking ‘Uncle Bunny’ a list of questions provided by Joy’s mother, Lynne Sandstrom Kersteter.

This list of questions served as a template for generating a family history that would provide all relatives some understanding of the family history of that branch of the Settles family descended most directly from Samuel Tilden Settles and Mary Melissa ‘Lizzy’ Thomson Settles.  Sam and Lizzy were born in the late 1800s, and survived to the middle of the 20th century; their lives spanned the development of the freight train, radio, television, new medicines, indoor plumbing, electricity for lights, heat, and cooking, two World Wars, the Korean War, and VietNam.  

Their children were born between 1899 and 1924, and this is the generation that Sam and Lizzy drove West in hopes of better opportunities, richer land, and higher quality education.  In order to move west to Washington state, Sam and Lizzy had to sell most of their possessions and bundle 7 children — ages 18 to 16 months — into a car and drove across dirt roads to Vancouver, Washington in an era before America’s interstate roads had been constructed.  Their courage in coming out west is part of our heritage, and may prove to be a source of strength as we each face our own decisions and challenges.

The inspiration for this site, it’s contents, and its goals came from conversations with Karen Settles Jeaudoin in November 2008.  Karen’s phenomenal knowledge of the North American fur trade, furrier routes, the westward movement of French missionaries, fur traders, and settlers is nothing short of astonishing.  Karen’s passion for the history of North America, and specifically the Pacific Northwest, are a rich resource for all members of the Settles family.  It is our hope that this site will help others benefit more fully from Karen’s insatiable curiosity, her breath of knowledge, and her enthusiasm about how a how understanding our own history can help us live more wisely, is a gift to all of us.




The site is designed in hopes that it will help all members of the family better understand how they fit within the larger family history, exchange information, and share updates and family news.  It was initiated as a collaborative, personal project aimed at helping to reach out and provide information to Settles and Sandstrom relatives.  Although historical and personal photos are shown throughout the site, unless they are specifically identified as ‘public domain’, they remain the property of The Uncle Bunny Project, LLC.

Although online guests may be permitted to observe specific elements of this blogsite, it is not intended for any commercial purpose, and Creative Commons licensing controls and restrictions apply to all aspects of the site.   

Content specific to the Settles or Sandstrom families remains in the private domain and may not be copied, sold, trademarked, or used for any commercial purpose without specific written authorization of The Uncle Bunny Project, LLC.

Photographs on this website are not to be used for any commercial purpose without the express written consent of The Uncle Bunny Project, LLC.  Please contact the administrator for details. 

Video of Uncle Bunny and his relatives are personal, private information and may not be copied or distributed.  Video that incorporates content from the Prelinger Video Archives, from the Unites States National Archives, or other public domain content remains in the public domain; please contact the administrator for information regarding how to obtain and use these modules and timelines for your organization, family, or educational institution.  (Please allow 7 days for email response; if you do not receive a response within 7 days, please contact… JOY!!)